John Flynn Private Hospital Maternity
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Childbirth Parenting Classes

Our aim

We believe women's bodies have incredible power to birth. With loving support and belief in this miraculous event, you can do anything! John Flynn's team of doctors and midwives will assist you in creating an optimal birth environment to enrich your birth experience.

Our antenatal class program, together with our Childbirth and Parenting Program booklet, will inform you of the changes happening throughout pregnancy and the birth of your baby. We believe women should be educated about all available options during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting (including the risks), so that you and your partner can make informed decisions on your journey to become a parent.

Why go to classes?

The childbirth and parenting classes are designed to give you and your partner the knowledge and confidence to enjoy the future now that you are about to become parents.

Our aim is to make the transition to parenthood a positive one by preparing you for the changes you will face, equipping you with the skills to cope with them and enabling you to make informed choices and decisions about your care.

Childbirth classes are also the ideal occasion to meet other couples and to develop a support network with others going through the same experiences.

Each session is designed to cover a variety of topics from pregnancy and labour, through to baby care and parenting skills. Everything you are taught is evidence based and reviewed regularly to ensure that all information is current and accurate.

The classes are run by midwives who have many years of experience in both maternity care and education. They will give you the opportunity to ask questions and consider all your options in a relaxed and informal environment.

When & where are the classes held?

There are two options for you to choose. Please note class sizes are limited to a maximum of 10 couples.

WEEKLY CLASSES 3 sessions are held over a 3 week period. Light refreshments are available.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP Held on a Saturday, 2 - 3 times a month depending on demand. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Caesarean Section Classes

We have developed a specific Caesarean Section Class for women, as well as their partner/support person, who are booked for an elective Caesarean and may not wish to attend a full series of antenatal classes.

What is covered in the courses?

Weekly classes & weekend workshop

  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Stages of labour
  • When to come to hospital
  • Birth video
  • Pain relief
  • Birth preferences
  • Medical interventions
  • Avoiding interventions
  • After the birth
  • Staff roles
  • Hospital tour
  • Emotional changes
  • Postnatal support
  • Feeding your baby
  • Neonatal examination
  • Newborn conditions
  • Immunisation
  • Parenting skills

Class content

  • Class 1: Caesarean - the procedure and recovery, followed by a tour of the Maternity Unit
  • Class 2: Breastfeeding & Parenting and the newborn

Information on Hypno Birth / Calm Birth classes are available from Maternity staff upon request; For more information, see Calmbirth Heartbeats by Joyce Reid, www.calmbirthheartbeats.com.au

How to book

We recommend you start the classes when you are around 28-32 weeks pregnant and we encourage you to book early as the classes become full quickly. We suggest that you contact us when you book into the hospital.

A fee may be payable when booking the classes, depending on your health fund. Your place will not be secured unless payment this received. Fees are non-refundable, except for medical reasons.

For any queries or to register, phone John Flynn Hospital on 07 5598 9040 and ask to speak to the Maternity Unit. Our receptionist is available to help you between 8am-1pm Monday to Friday.

Baby in uterus demonstration
Baby in uterus demonstration